I'd love to win one of these carriers!
I think that having more men model on babywearing sites and packaging would make a big difference. Otherwise, a man might look at the marketing materials and think "Oh, this isn't for me."
I used prefolds for both of my little ones at birth, with wrap covers. (I made DD1s wraps, but used Thirsties XS for DD2.)
I just folded down the prefold at the front. The wrap style covers that I used were cut low enough that they didn't interfere with their umbilical stumps.
As another mama who had supply issues, SNS issues, pumping issues, and a baby who just gave up on nursing, I want to offer so many *hugs*. It's been over 9 months now since I had to abandon nursing, and it's still something I struggle with sometimes.
Have you tried other dairy formulas? I'd give that a try before Alimentum.
It took us a while to find a formula that my daughter could tolerate.. as much as I wanted her to be on an organic formula, it didn't work out...
DD1: 42+2, didn't look a day over 38 weeks gestation, covered in vernix
DD2: 41+4, looked like a 42 weeker, a little flaky and wrinkly
(I had early ultrasounds and was pretty certain on conception dates both times)
This bothers me. Someone who opposes nursing in public now might not have kids yet, and when they do, they might decide not to pump at work, or not to use donor milk, since they think they won't be able to handle transporting breastmilk. A little rewording might help out a "dumb" mama in the long run. Just my $0.02. Awesome post otherwise!!
Earth's Best formula and Wal-Mart's cheapo store brand are made by the same company, PBM nutritionals. (They also make Vermont Organics). Wal-Mart even sells an organic formula in their store brand. PBM also makes the store brand formulas for Sams, Target, Walgreens, and BRU. They make standard formulas with DHA, formulas with DHA+prebiotics, soy, sensitive (which has broken-down proteins like Good Start), and I think a lactose-free one as well. Not all stores stock...
Don't forget the store brands, too. The company that makes Earth's Best also makes the organic formula for the WalMart store brand (for half the price) as well as the standard store brands for Walgreens, Target, BRU, etc. My daughter does best on the standard store brand formula, which I never would have expected.
Another trick I picked up: When your baby's drifting off to sleep and has stopped sucking on the bottle, try twisting it left to right slightly in her mouth...
Also, I wear low-cut t-shirts a lot, and let DD rest her cheeks on my naked upper chest as much as possible when being carried/worn. I stroke her face while she eats (if I have a free hand). When she just wants to comfort suck on a pacifier, I rest the palm of my hand against her cheek, and/or put my fingertips on her nose to give her as much skin contact as possible. That extra bit of touch really seems to help soothe her.
She loves to nurse side-lying, and it helps...
I'm unintentionally formula feeding my second after my first BF for 29 months, and I know how hard it is.
How new is she to bottles? My DD2 would only take 2 ounces at once for the longest time. Then she moved up to 4, then back to 2, then back to 4, then to 6, then 8, then back to 6. We feed on demand.
Your LO will probably go less than 3 hours between bottles if she's not drinking a lot at each feeding, 22 ounces in a day sounds like very little for her...